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Urthel Samaranth | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Urthel SamaranthUrthel Samaranth

Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 334 | Ratings: 553
Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a chestnut, raison burgundy color with a thick, ivory colored lacing ring.

S - Plums, raisons, toffee, dark Belgian candy sugar, cherry. Nice dark fruit aroma.

T - Follows the nose: raisons, plums, dates, cherries, some dark toasted Belgian candy sugar sweetness, toffee, and some minimal traces of alcohol (but overall well hidden). No alcohol heat permeating on the way down.

M - Big and full bodied, silky smooth texture.

O - This is a fine Quad.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Hazy dark brown in color with a little amber tinge, the pour forms up thick foamy tan head with good retention, it slowly subsides to everlasting bubble sheet on the surface along with plenty of sticky lacing patch on the glass-side.

Prune, plum, cherry, dark grape, and dried dark fruits combine into mellow fruitiness affair. Solid malt aroma with a sweet breadiness and caramelized sweetness remind me of fruit cake when combines with the aforementioned ester from yeast. Others than that, there are also sugar, spice, and slight chocolate.

Deep fruity ester covers whole the taste buds, it reminds me of dark fruits, cherry, dark grape, prune, and plum. Thereafter, significant bready sweetness from malt takes over the palate together with a caramel, honey, vanilla, chocolate, and sugar. That is very sweet overall. Anyway, there is some peppery and spice to counterbalance in the middle where same time hop also provides a wee bitterness to fight against that sweet taste. Alcohol is hidden at first but gradually exposes from the middle until reach its peak at the finish with a dry boozy sweetness.

Rather full body with velvety smooth mouthfeel from its soft effervescence that nicely sweeps all over the palate, finish is dry and with some residual sugary sweet.

Complex as Quad standard while same time tasty, hefty, and intense as Quad standard too, it develops on the palate and grows on me sip by sip. No doubt this is a great brew and perfect for sipping in any special occasion.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color: brown burgundy, with a slight haze. Beige head, high, average life.
The aroma mainly dark fruit, a touch of roasted, delicate liqueur, nuts, fresh-baked bread.
Taste: dark fruit, roasted plums, light roasted nuts, parched crust of bread.
Gentian "burnt", dry, short but intense.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In reading through some of the reviews, I'm guessing this yeast and other undetermined variables make this beer somewhat unpredictable.
That's OK, that is part of the charm of Belgians... particularly their Quads (which I usually like... a lot in winter.)
One aspect makes this an average Quad: its sweetness doesn't really get controlled until the very end... after I sipped the last of the ale, the bitterness came out. By then, it was too late.
I enjoyed this and recommend it to Quad lovers, but this one is not balanced enough to be a champ.

Samaranth is listed among the "1001" and deserves to be there. Its got all the quirks Flemish brewers (but actually is contract-brewed by the Dutch Trappists at La Trappe.)

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark brown, with not a lot of head, but it doesn't dissipate quickly
Smell: full of molasses and sweet maltiness.
Taste: Really alcoholic, announcing the hideous level in there. Nevertheless, lot of sweet molasses taste, some chocolate. A little bit to sweet actually. Not that much hoppiness, but it does appear after the molasses taste went away.
Feel: full body. A lot of sweet aftertaste. Become bitter after a while, but not from the hop.

330ml bottle in wishbeer, Bangkok
A good quad, but somewhat to sweet for me.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£3.39):
A very nice Quad from Urthel & one that was quite an easy beer to drink despite the fact it came in at over 11% abv. The balance of the beer was a good one with the dark fruits working well with the caramel sweetness & the warming alcohol touches were mainly right at the end, although it was easy to tell it was a strong beer from the start; an excellent beer & on that surprisingly was even better than the bottle of Hop-It I tried from the same brewery back in 2014.

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Photo of drmeto
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-pours a slightly hazy dark red with a medium to big,frothy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
-high carbonation
-full body
-alcohol warmth
Great Quad with a little too much sweetness

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Figs, raisins, dark fruit influence throughout and the alcohol at 11% is well hidden. Of course it gets better and better as it warms. Well executed!

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogny colored, clear, beer with a small, beige, head.

Nose: Caramel, brown sugar, raisin, fudge, molasses an chocolate.
Taste: Caramel malt, burned sugar, dark fruit (plum, raisin), spices and cocoa.
Body: Full body and crisp carbonation. Smooth, warming finish.

Great Quadrupel!

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Photo of arkanu
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid beer, with a consistent foamy head that lingers for a while, even though the initial thick layer dissipates quickly.
Caramel-dark amber colored, little light passes through. The taste of alcohol is poorly masked and pretty strong upfront, but caramel and spices are also present. Carbonation is ideal, makes it easy on the palate and well balanced overall.
Distinct aftertaste of smoked plums, giving an unexpected sweetness that makes it very drinkable, despite the high ABV. A must try!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a chalice, the beer is an opaque, caramel-brown coloring, with a foamy, light, fluffy head on the pour that disappears after only a few moments in the glass. Aromas of cherry, apple, rich caramel, molasses, date, raisins, and hints of chocolate. Wow, this is rich! Flavors are very smooth and sweet, with a heavily roasted forward note enhancing the following apple and caramel blend. It's like a delicious apple pie. Candi sugar, molasses, brown sugar, dates, fig, and cherry all blend in nicely, as well. This is a very layered, rich palate. The body is huge, but kept in check with a healthy dose of carbonation to lighten it up without sacrificing any of the feel. The aftertaste is rich and sugary sweet, heavy on the fruit, like a piece of fruitcake. The finish is smooth, slow, and soft, with a solid fruity linger. This is a really good beer.

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Photo of stevoj
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This was spectacular with chunks of sediment suspended in the glass. Medium brown with thin beige head. Heavy body. Thick, slick mouthfeel. A sipper, but delicious.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Urthel Samaranth has a thin, cream-colored head, a medium brown, murky appearance, and not much lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, sweet, candied fruits, such as fig or dates. Lots of bread, as well. Taste is of sweet bread crust, spiced bread, fruits, fruit bread, some bitterness, and brandy notes. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Urthel Samaranth finishes between wet and dry, with a sure alcohol presence.


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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown with a large fading head.
Nose shows sweet caramel, solvent-like booze, brown sugar and treacle.
Sweet and boozy flavour. More brown sugar, booze and some bready malt.
A little harsh and boozy.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy red/brown, rich head. Dark fruits, rum, candies. Very sweet and boozy, like Gulden Draak or La Trappe Quad. Nice dessert beer, but not on the same level with Rochefort, Westvleteren, Chimay or St. Bernardus strong dark ales.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish medium brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the flass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Frothy, resilient lacing clings to the glass.

S- Usual dark fruit aroma of a quad with a bit of a metallic smell. Slightly sweet and slightly boozy.

T- Very smooth flavor of dark fruits including raisin, fig and plum. Somewhat sweet with the alcohol being very well concealed. Some vanilla tones are in there as well.

M- Somehow creamy and crisp at the same time. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A dangerously drinkable quad. Can easily hang with the best of the Trappist versions of the style. Very pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of cratez
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Urthel Samaranth - 11% ABV Quadrupel - Consumed November 25, 2014.

A: Dark ruby hue with one finger of beige foam and chunks of sediment in the body. Head and lace dissipate about halfway through. Just an okay look, not particularly enticing.

S: Red plum, doughy yeast, blueberry, pancake batter, black cherry, alcohol esters, pruney-grapey notes, cream, and a hint of pear. A very appealing nose.

T: Pruney-plummy flavours, blueberry, doughy yeastiness, estery alcohol, pear, and grape skin with some warmth going down. Light cocoa notes develop as the beer warms, with more dark fruit, ethanol, and pear on the cough. A tasty and nuanced quadrupel.

M: Full-bodied, creamy, medium-high and slightly prickly carbonation, long, drying and chalky finish with a little heat in the throat. Solid palate; probably the best aspect of this beer.

O: A flavourful and enjoyable sipper that falls short of classics like Rochefort 10, Westvleteren 12, and St. Bernardus Abt 12. Still a good quaff, though.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Look: Dark brown, white lacing.

Smell: Mild dark fruits, roasted malt, cocoa nibs, toffee, candi sugar, earthy funk, wood, alcohol.

Taste: Toffee sweetness, grape medicine, toasted bread, cocoa, spices, funk, alcohol.

Feel: Full bodied, soft tight carbonation.

Overall: This is a strong brew for sure. Not one to have daily. Have one on Fridays or share a 750 ml. bottle with someone that is close to you. The alcohol is noticeable, yet it is not offensive in any fashion. This brew is very worthy.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE - Transparent dark copper. 1-finger head that dissipate fast. A lot of lacing

SMELL/AROMA/SCENT - Piney, herbaceous, sweet.

TASTE - Piney, herbaceous, sweet. Rounded, well balanced. ABV very well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE - Light on the tongue. A bit thick, but not gooey. Just a little carbonation

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - A very drinkable ale, well balanced. Not heavy or boozy, despite very high ABV.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: loose foam from start to finish....reddish-brown, relatively clear till a few yeasts slipped in....

S: clean ,vodka-like booze... some light, raisin-y fruit.... mellow yet full floral nuance... overall, nice but somewhat subdued

T: super-smooth, velvety-flowery, cookie-ish malt.... brown sugar, granola, background raisin.... superbly mellow and balanced - flavors don't explode, but excellent, nonetheless

M: ethanol-attenuated medium-light body.... subtle, spongy foam wash with each sip... easy-drinking - airy and light around a compact, satiny flow.... fairly restrained swell of boozy warmth midway through each sip

O: one that doesn't bombard the senses with flavor.... gotta let it sit for awhile for it to open up.... even then, dry and quite mellow... nice, if you're digging the subtleties and simply want to quell the swelling in your brain

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Photo of BeerGod27
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a caramel red color.
Figs, rasins and grapes are on the nose. Slight nutty and grassy smells are detectable too.
Taste is smooth but complex as you would expect from a quad. Raisin is the most detectable taste but apple (for some reason) and molasses are present too. Finishes somewhat sticky with a bready aftertaste.
Not the best quad I've had but very respectable.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - clear ruby crimson liquid with beige head

Smell - plums, cherrie, nutmeg

Taste - plums, cherries, caramel, nutmeg, allspice

Mouthfeel - heavier side of medium bodied, high carbonation, sweet upfront but not cloying nice spice profile as well. Good balance

Overall - very nice quad, I was surprised by how good this was

Price Point - $4.79/11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of Vladimiriuz
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite foamy head but disseapering quite quickly. Good autumn dark brown colour. With some little bubbles dancing in my glass.

The smell is warm, syrup, sugar and caramel. Also I get some milk chocolate as well. a Bit alcohol.

The taste is wonderful. Warm, silky and smooth. a Little bit strong but also quite good drinkable. a Palate of fine sugars, roasted barley and warm slighty alcohol.

Good beer for the cold winter days....

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Photo of Asgeirr
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a dark ruby colour, beige tan head with lacing aplenty along the chalice.

S: Dark fruits (figs 'n' plums), with hints of cherry. Lots of cedar wood along with hazelnuts and overall nutty draping. Dulce the leche-sweetness wraps it up neatly of what is mostly malt notes -- me likey!

T: Firstly a caramel and honey sweetness which is quickly subdued to a peppery and somewhat yeasty tartness. Then the aforementioned sensation of dark -- dried -- fruits appear. However the do not dominate or replace as the simply integrate with the other flavours. Finally, during the stages of the aftertaste,
the caramel/Dulce de leche comes right back with a remarkably balanced ending.

M: Full, round and very creamy. Noticeable, yet subtle amount of carbonation with a warming finish.

O: Extremely equilibrated, poised like no other. Belgians sure know how to make a beer tasty beer full of a disparate amount of sensations without having to compromise one taste over the other (take note, Yankees).

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: dark chocolate with heavy malts and butter carry thoroughgoing one's olfactory senses

Taste: very heavy dark fruits--ripened plums specifically--with powdered sugar, malty hints throughout, and a warm bourbon spice carries during the duration of this beers life in your mouth

PAIR with a funnel cake and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, or with a pretentious hamburger

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